The Grayson County Fiscal Court opened bids for two upcoming bridge projects as well as road materials at a regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Friday, June 15.
New bridges are planned for the Pine Knob and Bear Creek areas, and four bids were turned in to the fiscal court for each of those projects.
The sealed bids were reviewed by the group and one company - Hornback Construction, out of Hodgenville - turned in the lowest bids on both projects and was awarded both jobs.
The Bear Creek bridge project will bear a total projected cost of $97,698, while the Pine Knob bridge project will be slightly higher, with a total projected cost of $103,655.
According to Judge Executive Gary Logsdon, the projects are slated to begin within the next 30 to 60 days. Which project begins first will be at the discretion of the construction company, Logsdon said.
Other companies awarded bids include Future Design, which will provide road materials; Key Oil Company, which will provide gas, road oil and asphalt materials; Scotty’s, which will provide asphalt, rock and stone; and Randall Decker Trucking, which will haul materials.
Several other items were also addressed at the meeting.
- Dispatch center employee Nick Ramsey was present to represent the E911 call center team in asking for a raise. Ramsey explained that the group has not had a raise since 2009, though they have been given many new responsibilities since that time.
He said the call volume has increased 400 percent since2009, and there are no set breaks or lunches for employees due to the nature of the highly stressful job.
“It’s more important to the community than most people realize,” Ramsey told the court.
No decision has yet been made on the possibility of a raise.
-Jailer Darwin Dennison requested that the court consider replacing a detention center van used for in-county transportation, explaining that the vehicle is “on it’s last leg.”
The court voted to look into replacing the van.
- An equipment emergency was declared in order to allow the possible purchase of a mower at an upcoming auction. Logsdon explained that at least one of the county’s mowers is “always in the shop,” and said that this is resulting in the county getting behind on their mowing.